Palestinian “Marathon Man” chef to be Bradford Curry Awards guest

Palestinian culinary artist and marathon runner Mohammad AlQadi will attend the forthcoming Bradford Curry Awards as the guest of charity partners Penny Appeal.

A renowned chef, Mohammad will be demonstrating his culinary skills, teaching Bradford’s curry experts some of his special techniques such as making Palestinian bread.

Born in Palestine, Mohammad is internationally known for running in events across the globe to raise awareness of the plight of his people. He will be in the UK to join the Penny Appeal team at this year’s London Marathon.

He first hit the headlines last year when he was refused entry to the United States to take part in the Chicago Marathon amid the controversy over President Trump’s travel ban.

Mohammad is now preparing for the London Marathon where he will be ‘Running for Palestine’ helping to raise funds for the Penny Appeal Gaza water tanker. He hopes to raise as much as £10,000 whilst the rest of #TeamOrange, including the charity’s Chairman Adeem Younis, will run for Penny Appeal’s Thirst Relief campaign.

Founder of Runners for Freedom, Mohammad now lives in France, where he studied the culinary arts. Over the past couple of years, he has run nine marathons across the world, but his dream was to finish the ultimate series for marathon runners by entering the World Marathon Majors, which includes the London, Tokyo, Berlin, New York, Boston and Chicago races. He was thwarted in this, when he was refused a US visa, meaning he will no longer be able to compete in the latter big three, or any other American marathon.

Director of Bradford Curry Awards Fatima Patel said: “All are welcome in Bradford and we are delighted to have Mohammad joining us as the guest of our charity partners, Penny Appeal and to support his fund-raising efforts. He is known as an inspiration speaker and a champion of young people – but in particular as a master of the culinary arts, so we are all very excited to see his presentation on the big night.”

The Awards dinner takes place at the Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford, on Tuesday, April 17, from 6pm to 11pm.

Bradford holds the title of Curry Capital of Britain for the sixth year running and the inaugural Bradford Curry Awards were launched to find the best of the best and celebrate the industry’s contribution to the local economy, heritage and culture. More than 2,500 nominations flooded in from local food fans and shortlisted venues are being visited mystery-dining style by expert judges with the public voting for “The People’s Choice.”

The winners will be announced on the night, which will also feature an array of entertainment, including music, inspirational speakers, comedy and, of course, great food.

The award-winning international humanitarian charity Penny Appeal was chosen as the charity partner to benefit from the event.

To book tickets for the gala awards dinner go to: http://bradfordcurryawards.co.uk/index.php/tickets/

Penny Appeal, the award winning international humanitarian charity, was set up in 2009 by entrepreneur Adeem Younis, to provide a range of life-saving solutions in over 30 crisis-hit countries. As one of the fastest growing charities in the sector, Penny Appeal has transformed countless numbers of lives and empowered communities around the globe, helping to break the poverty cycle through their simple vision; taking your small change and making a big difference. Penny Appeal is a twice Guinness-World-Record holder and works closely with leading celebrities and globally-renowned institutions in the UK and beyond in the fight against poverty.

Three children die every minute from drinking dirty water. With access to clean water, thousands of lives could be saved. Installing a water pump costs just £300, in a needy community, that’s just 82p a day to give the gift of water. By ‘digging deep’ and supporting Mohammad and the London Marathon runners, people can offer someone the gift of life for just a few pennies a day.

If you would like to make a donation, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/runnersforfreedom